Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 1) – Beyond the Pyramids: Egyptian Exploration
We had a great beginning session today! We dove right into the Egyptian culture and read aloud a wonderful text, The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, and compared and contrasted elements of this vivid story with the more familiar version of the story we all know. In doing so, we were introduced the Nile River, pyramids, pharaohs, and a variety of native plants and animals. Next, we worked with globes, maps, and timelines in order to gain a geographical and historical context of ancient Egypt for our future studies. Finally, we discussed and recorded our observations of Davy the frog’s aquarium system. This activity was a valuable lesson on which we will build our future understanding of the Egyptian systems of geography, government, economics, and language. You can reinforce your child’s learning today by talking with them about elements of familiar systems they are already aware of such as game systems, school systems, ecosystem, etc. Tomorrow, we will engage in numerous hands on activities such as building a shaduf (a levered mechanism for irrigation), writing with reeds, and deciphering hieroglyphs!